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GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE

The importance of regular garage door maintenance

Like any other mechanical component of your household, a garage door needs regular maintenance to keep on functioning properly. At Advantage Garage Doors, we cannot stress the importance of preventative maintenance enough, and its key role in ensuring your garage door and all of its components live up to their full potential. 

Whether you decide to perform maintenance tasks yourself, or prefer to contact one of our technicians - garage door maintenance is paramount in maximizing your door's longevity.

Essentials

Garage door maintenance

If your garage door is made of steel, it is highly recommended to wash it once per year, using one cup of detergent containing less than 0.5% phosphate diluted into five gallons of warm water. Using a soft brush or sponge, clean the garage door panels. To finish, rinse abundantly to prevent residue from showing.

If your garage door is made of wood, it is recommended to clean it once every quarter, using a simple cloth. If the seal on your wooden garage door is in good shape, a dampened cloth can be used.

 

Inspect the outside of your garage door for signs of swelling, rot, and wood-eating insects. Signs indicating the presence of pests can be small holes in the door surface or signs of tunneling. Should you notice any of these on your wooden garage door, you should contact a professional to inspect your property. In regards to swelling and signs of rot, you are welcome to contact one of our garage door specialists to determine the next best step.

Finally, refinishing a wooden door should occur every three to five years, depending on use as well as wear and tear. The wood should be cleaned with wood degreaser prior to sanding. Any cracks should be filled with wood putty and sanded down. Once dry and clean, the door should be painted with wood stain as well as sealer, protecting your door from the elements for years to come. We recommend contacting your local carpenter in regards to wooden garage door refinishing. 

Garage door hardware maintenance

The first step of garage door hardware maintenance is visual inspection. Look at the torsion springs, cables, rollers, hinges, and other hardware parts for signs of wear or rust. Should any of these components present excessive wear, rust, or otherwise look damaged, please contact one of our trained garage door technicians to perform a repair. Many garage door parts can present a danger to you and as such it is highly recommended to contact a trained garage door technician if you suspect any hardware component of your door is faulty.

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The moving parts of your garage door hardware should be lubricated regularly using a silicone-based lubricant. However, you should not lubricate plastic parts!

Garage door balance

To test door balance, first release the garage door from the garage door opener by pulling on the release string. Only do this when your door is fully closed. Do not disengage the door from the motor if it is even partially open, under any circumstance.

Manually, lift the door. It should not be heavy, and you should encounter little resistance. The door should remain open about three or four feet above floor level. If it does not, your garage door is out of balance. 

To rebalance your door, contact one of our experienced garage door technicians!

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